A caretaker committee chaired by Linda Kiome has taken over operations at the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) following the ouster of immediate former society president Nelson Havi.
The committee is set to take charge of LSK till the end of the current regime that lapses in March.
The removal of Havi and other council members comes after they failed to comply with court orders to hold a meeting within 21 days to deliberate on matters relating to the society.
“If council remains dysfunctional and not able to conduct business, the Chairs Caucus shall take over the functions of the council with the Chair of the Branch exercising powers of the president of LSK for the remainder of the term,” Justice Mrima ordered.
“If the Branch Chairs Caucus takes over the role of the Council, the chairperson thereof shall preside over all general meetings of the Society and shall exercise the powers of the President of the Law Society of Kenya including being the Spokesperson of the Society for the remainder of the term of the Council,” he added.
Kiome is the Mt Kenya Branch Caucus chair, who was elected in a meeting on Tuesday.
Other members of the caucus who will be helping Kiome in carrying out his mandates include Mathew Nyabena (Coast Branch, Caucus Vice-Chair), Eric Theuri (Nairobi branch, Caucus Treasurer), Justus Mutia (South Eastern Branch, Caucus secretary).
The leaders will be aiming at restoring order in the society before another election is held.
Havi was elected LSK president on February 27, 2020 and has been entangled in various supremacy battles with LSK Chief Executive Wambua.
Havi is planning to become Westlands Member of Parliament in the upcoming August General election.
Hw will vie for that seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket led by Deputy President William Ruto.